Anger at boys’ Nazi dis­play

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SOFIA: Bul­gar­ian au­thor­i­ties said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing pho­to­graphs that ap­pear to show a child mak­ing a Nazi salute and another with a swastika on his chest at the coun­try’s soc­cer cup fi­nal.

The images of the shirt­less boys stand­ing at the na­tional sta­dium on Wed­nes­day, in front of the crowd of sup­port­ers of the Levski Sofia team, caused a public out­cry af­ter be­ing posted on­line. One has his arm raised in what looks like a Nazi salute, and the other a swastika scrawled on his bare chest.

They ap­pear to be well un­der 10 years old. The Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Jews in Bul­garia con­demned the in­ci­dent.

In 2012, Levski were fined € 30 000 (R440 000) by Euro­pean soc­cer gov­ern­ing body Uefa for racist be­hav­iour by fans dur­ing a Europa League match, and the Bul­gar­ian Foot­ball Union (BFU) fined the club € 19 000 af­ter sup­port­ers dis­played a ban­ner with a swastika and another mark­ing Adolf Hitler’s birth­day. The BFU has been ac­cused of hand­ing Levski sym­bolic fines for re­peated racist be­hav­iour. – Reuters/ African News Agency (ANA)

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